Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture by coming to stay with a family in a local homestay. As a voluntary teaching intern with Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary you will be teaching basic as well as intemediate English classes at the local hilltribe primary school which houses grades 1-6. You will also be able to teach some very basic english at the local nursery and have the amazing experience of joining our elephant hikes. Some evenings will be spent running an after-school club and tutoring members of the community.
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary is set amongst the rolling hills of Nothern Thailand in a Karen hilltribe village. It is surrounded by a forest that is perfect for our elephants to roam and forage in.
The Karen people are originally from Myanmar but have migrated to Thailand in search of a better life during the war over many generations. Due to this they have their own language and culture, which volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and experience. They are keen weavers and are well known in Thailand for their elephant keeping. They make an income from their elephants and working the fields, mainly growing rice and corn using rotational slash and burn. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn more first hand about their culture and even help out in the community when required.
This internship is perfect for any teaching/university students who need more work experience, anyone with a TEFL certificate or anyone thinking of getting a TEFL and would like to help out a small hilltribe community. The applicants for this internship must have at least some previous teaching experience as well as a fluent knowledge of the English language. However, upon arrival there will be a small amount of teaching training provided.
Fee to cover all expenses: $1600/£1200/50,000THB
Expenses include: All food and accommodation on site as well as your in-country transport to/from project on arrival and departure
259 Moo 9, Soi 6, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50230, TH
Working with a hilltribe community to bring elephants back to the forest
We are a Non-Profit Foundation who are dedicated to giving our elephants the best life possible with the help of our visitors and volunteers. Our aim is to bring elephants home to the forest by working with the local communities to not only provide a haven for our elephants, but also provide an alternative livelihood for their mahouts and owners.
Our elephants have been taken from a life of inadequate health care, poor diet, exhaustion and entertaining tourists; they were unable to just be elephants. We brought these wonderful creatures back to their natural environment where they are living in semi-wild conditions, free to roam as much as possible and live their lives how they choose - interacting and foraging. We plan to bring elephants of all ages and sizes home to the forest, but we need your help.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
259 Moo.9 Soi.6 Hangdong districtChiang Mai, Chiang MaiThailand